When Is It Safe To Get Pregnant After Stopping The Pill?

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How Soon Is It Safe To Become Pregnant After Stopping The Birth Control Pill?

It is safe to get pregnant the day after you stop taking the Pill. Once you stop taking your birth control pill the hormones are gone from your body within 24 hours. Even if you became pregnant while on the Pill (as some women do, perhaps because they missed a few pills), studies show there is no increased risk to the baby. So, no need to wait! Even if you have been taking contraceptive pills for 10 years or more, it is perfectly safe to start trying for a baby immediately after you throw your last packet away. The same applies to IUD devices with hormones. As soon as the IUD is removed, the hormones stop being emitted into the body, so it is safe to become pregnant straight away.

Other related questions:
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What About After The Birth Control Shot?

If you take the birth control shot, known by the brand name Depo-Provera, it means you have received an injection of a drug called medroxyprogesterone which gradually releases hormones into your body over a period of time. Each shot prevents pregnancy for 3 months by stopping ovulation. If you are not ovulating, an egg is not released, so it cannot be fertilized by sperm. After your last shot of Depo-Provera it can take 9 to 12 months for all remnants of the hormones to finally leave the body. It is only when all the hormones are gone can your body regain control and start ovulating again. So although Depo-Provera is very convenient, it is not an ideal option for couples planning on having children in the near future. However, if you do fall pregnant soon after stopping the birth control shot, your baby will not be in any danger.

Do You Know The Pros And Cons Of The Pill?

Today's contraceptive pills have lower dosages of hormones than ever before which means their side effects are considerably reduced. However there are still a few pros and cons:

Pros

1. You get more regular and lighter periods.
2. They reduce your risk of endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, ovarian cysts and PID (pelvic inflammatory disease).
3. You'll experience fewer menstrual cramps.

Cons

1. They can increase the risk of heart disease in women, blood clots and high blood pressure.
2. Some women complain of weight gain: Will I gain weight on the contraceptive pill?
3. Others experience irregular periods, sore breasts, nausea and headaches.
4. It may cause depression in some women. Learn how to recognize the effects of depression.

The good news is, most side effects usually disappear after a few months on the pill. However women with a history of heart disease, blood clots or cancer should not use it. Women who smoke and are aged over 35 are also at risk of complications.

If You Have Questions About The Morning After Pill
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Can I use ordinary birth control pills for emergency contraception?

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